What happened to those lazy endless days of summer? It just seems like yesterday it was June 1st and the whole summer stretched in front of me and now........it's September 1st. The fish chairs sit ready to be used, the beautiful blue skies and fluffy clouds, the pool floats....all just a memory that just seemed like yesterday would last forever.
We did have one last brou ha ha over Labor Day weekend. My youngest baby boy ...ha! he's 30 yrs. old and big and strapping, drove down for a visit with his best girl from NYC. We had a fabulous weekend of just hanging out, staying on the water until almost dark, camping in the yard, having fresh caught Carolina shrimp steamed in Old Bay seasoning, delightful dusk dinners on the deck, going into the village for icecream and just fun clowning around. Have you ever had sugarless butter pecan ice cream? Yum...it's good. It's always fun to have the young people around and I miss them so when they leave. (sniff..sniff) I asked Bobby G. yesterday didn't he feel the spirit missing from the house since they left. He looked at me like I had two heads or something. I guess it's just the motherhood in me.
The kids left around 3 pm to return home but we had our neighbors over for Labor Day dinner. If any of you do not know Penny over at Lavender Hill Studio you must visit her and her delightful blog and mosaic boutique. Anyway, Penny had posted a salmon dinner recipe that I just had to try even though I am not a fish person. Oh man....is it ever good! It got the keeper award. And the presentation is just beautiful. Guys don't usually notice presentation but Mark couldn't get over how pretty the plating was. Cindy brought over a fabulous cheese tray and it was the perfect prelude to the salmon dinner. We dined on the deck by candlelight and sat and talked about the universe until 11 pm. The stars last night were just amazing. It was the perfect ending to a perfect holiday weekend.
Don't you just love sunflowers? They are such happy flowers. Once I was able to grow a huge patch of them but since then the deer have eaten what I plant so I am forced to buy them from our local florist. I love to mix them in with zinnias along with acuba leaves. My zinnias haven't even started to bloom yet because Bobby G. didn't get around to plowing up a spot for me until early July. But they have buds in them now and unless we get an early frost I should be picking zinnias until Halloween or beyond. I always try to have fresh flowers in the house and this was the arrangement I had for the weekend. :)
Find of the Week: A couple of Saturdays ago I was at our dinky little flea market we have. There aren't that many vendors so it's hard for me to find something to share with you but I always feel if I don't go I will miss the find of a life time so off I go every Saturday morning just about. Well...weekend before last there was a new vendor. This lady was into vintage and antiques...yippee.....and not tube socks. I got some wonderful Christmas items from her and these. Oh....be still my heart. Antique French crystal prisms. These are heavy pieces, faceted on the front and flat on the back. A grouping of these in a pretty bowl is so pretty. This lady's sister used to have a shop where she did antique chandelier and lamp repair. These are in the boutique now on the shabby page. Some for you and some for me. :)
Recently I was given two different Friendship awards. Thank both of you from the bottom of my heart. Your friendship means the world to me. Donna at Donna's Art gave me this one. Donna is a gifted artist and sells her things on Etsy. I have one of her miniature paintings of what else????..... but a bird's nest. It sits in my kitchen and is a daily reminder of how much I enjoy what I do. Check out her blog for the daily antics of her pups and her art.
The second one came from Lisa over at Lisa's Spot. Lisa absolutely loves nature and has fantastic photos of her little buddies. Go take a look at her raccoons. She is having computer problems at the moment and may not answer you right away. Thank you both so much!!
And finally one last thing before you fall asleep reading this post. I met a new friend not to long ago....Meme of Screaming Meme. Now if there is anything you want to know about painting furniture and anything else to do with decorating your home run on over to her place right now. She is giving classes/lessons on how to do things. And if you have a question about a certain technique or how to do something just ask Meme. She will answer you right on her blog.
Well that's it for today. Lots of work to do this week. So I'll head on off for now. xoxo Lynn